Wisdom, wit and whims of Distinguished ancient philisophers


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Sivu 267 - Long in the field of words we may contend; Reproach is infinite, and knows no end, Arm'd or with truth, or falsehood, right or wrong; So voluble a weapon is the tongue: Wounded, we wound ; and neither side can fail, For every man has equal strength to rail : Women alone, when in the...
Sivu 70 - On one occasion he was asked how much educated men were superior to those uneducated ; " As much," said he, "as the living are to the dead.
Sivu 71 - The question was once put to him, how we ought to behave to our friends; and the answer he gave was, " As we should wish our friends to behave to us.
Sivu 368 - And again, Wine, wit, and beauty still their charms bestow, Light all the shades of life, and cheer us as we go. Plato, ambitious to cultivate and adorn the subject of the Atlantic Island, as a delightful spot in some fair field unoccupied, to which also he had some claim by his being related to Solon, laid out magnificent courts and inclosures, and erected a grand entrance to it, such as no other story, fable, or poem ever had.
Sivu 403 - XXIV. And the comic poets, without intending it, praise him in their very attempts to turn him into ridicule. Philemon speaks thus of him in his play entitled the Philosophers : — This man adopts a new philosophy, He teaches to be hungry ; nevertheless, He gets disciples. Bread his only food, His best desert dried figs ; water his drink. But some attribute these lines to Posidippus. And they have become almost a proverb. Accordingly it used to be said to him, "More temperate than Zeno the philosopher.
Sivu 187 - Is one grain a heap ? No. Two grains ? No. Three grains ? No. Go on, adding one by one ; and, if one grain be not a heap, it will be impossible to say, what number of grains make a heap." 4. The Horned. " You have what you have not lost ; you have not lost horns ; therefore you have horns.
Sivu 151 - When a man reproached him for going into unclean places, he said, "The sun, too, penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them." When supping in a temple, as some dirty loaves were set before him, he took them up and threw them away, saying that nothing dirty ought to come into a temple ; and when some one said to Mm, " You philosophize without heing possessed of any knowledge;" he said, "If I only pretend to wisdom, that is philosophizing.
Sivu 311 - That other men lived to eat, but that he ate to live." Another saying of his was, " That to have a regard for the worthless multitude, was like the case of a man who refused to take one piece of money of four drachmas as if it were bad, and then took a heap of such coins and admitted them to be good." When ^Eschines said, "I am a poor man, and have nothing else, but I give you myself;"
Sivu 272 - It was Pythagoras also who carried geometry to perfection, after Mesris had first found out the principles of the elements of that science, as Aristiclides tells us in the second book of his History of Alexander ; and the part of the science to which Pythagoras applied himself above all others was arithmetic.
Sivu 358 - Cratinus the comic poet, thus spoke of them:— By the great names of Solon and of Draco, Whose cyrbes now but serve to boil our pulse. Some say, those tables were properly called cyrbes, on which were written the rules for religious rites and sacrifices, and the other ozones.

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